There are 4 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne by train, bus or car

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Train Trenitalia Eurocity  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern Ec / ...

$45 - $130

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Bus  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Luzern N33 / ...

$12 - $35

2 alternative options

Train Deutsche Bahn  •  3 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$80 - $138

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Lucerne 179.6 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to bus which costs 10€ - 28€ and takes 5 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 40 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Lucerne is 218 km. The road distance is 287.4 km.

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern takes 2 h 55 min including transfers and departs once daily.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 25 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 55 min.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 136.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Trenitalia Eurocity operates a train from Karlsruhe to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $45 - $70 and the journey takes 2 h 55 min. Deutsche Bahn also services this route twice a week. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $19 - $35 and the journey takes 5 h 25 min. Ouibus also services this route once daily.

Train operators
Trenitalia Eurocity
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
FlixBus
Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Luzern
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $17
Website
Ouibus

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